Governor Wolf Announces New Investment to Increase Dental Assistant Apprenticeships in Philadelphia County


Governor Tom Wolf continues to invest in the Pennsylvania workforce with the announcement of new $89,100 funding to help Over All Training (OAT) expand its registered dental assistant apprenticeship program in the greater Philadelphia area.

“There are many industries, including medical, that benefit from apprenticeship programs and the skilled workers they produce,” Governor Wolf said. “Supporting apprenticeship programs across the Commonwealth is an investment in our industries and our workers, and is vital to Pennsylvania’s continued success.”

With this funding, provided by the Pennsylvania Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Grant Program, OAT will provide support services and training to produce more competitive employees by training and employing 30 apprentices in partnership with up to 10 employers. Through these placements, apprentices will be able to create a long-term vision for their careers and seek out opportunities to innovate and bring value to the industry.

OAT, founded by Monique Dudley, is an innovative workforce development agency that specializes in training and helping to develop state and national registered apprenticeship programs as a tangible and focused on results to create jobs and foster business growth in underserved communities. As a strategic organization, OAT aligns a diverse work ethic, life skills, career, and personal development education with related technical instruction organized through key partnerships and proficiency in state board testing. to ensure retention and certification rates of 85% or more.

“With the funding DCED is providing Over All Training, we will be able to continue to meet the needs of our region,” said Dudley. “Our program brings business, labor and community together to create positive change.”

Under Governor Wolf’s leadership, 80 pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs have been supported and more than $11.4 million has been invested through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Grant Program (DCED) of Pennsylvania.

The program aims to increase the availability of apprenticeships to Pennsylvania employers to help them recruit and develop their talent. Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Program funding is provided to eligible applicants in an effort to achieve the goal of increasing accessibility to apprenticeships statewide. Eligible uses of funds include expenses related to education that complements on-the-job learning.

For more information on the Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Bursary Program and other economic development programs, visit the DCED website and be sure to stay up to date with all agency news on Facebook, Twitterand LinkedIn.

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